Aion Magazine (1970-1; San Francisco)
Aion is unique amongst the publications depicted in this site in that it is the only magazine that is primarily presented as a literary magazine. (Indeed, several scholars have identified it as the first Asian American literary magazine). It is notable in part because it published early poems by writers like Lawson Inada, Sam Tagatac, Al Robles, George Leong, Alan Lau, Jeff Chang and Janice Mirikitani herself. In its second issue, Aion featured a number of poems by Francis Oka, the magazine's co-editor, who died tragically in a motorcycle accident before the issue could be printed. It also featured a short story by the pioneering Japanese American novelist Toshio Mori and one by Jeffrey Chan, a San Francisco State College professor who would go on to co-edit Aiiieeeee with Frank Chin and others.
Alongside poetry, Aion features political essays strongly oriented to the political discourse of the moment, with essays like "The Need for an United Asian American Front" by Alex Hing, and a Photographic Essay of life in San Francisco's Chinatown. Hing's essay names several important Bay Area organizations already moving towards Asian American Pan-Ethnic organizing, including the Asian-American Political Alliance (AAPA), the Inter-Collegiate Chinese for Social Action (ICSA), the Filipino-American Collegiate Endeavor (PACE), and the Red Guard.